More than 12.2 million people have signed up for coverage nationwide this year under the Obama-era health care law even with the uncertainty created by President Trump’s vow to repeal and replace it. If it is not replaced the GOP will have thrown 12.2 million people into the problem of no health insurance again.
A count by The Associated Press shows that many consumers returned to the program in spite of its problems. Aside from the political chaos, those difficulties include a:
- Spike in premiums;
- Rising deductibles;
- Dwindling choice of insurers.
Although initial enrollment is about 4% lower than last year, the number of sign-ups establishes the risk Republicans now face as they begin moving to undo the Affordable Care Act and put in its place a yet-to-be-defined conservative plan.
AP’s analysis shows that a clear majority of those enrolled — almost 64 percent — live in states that Trump carried in November.
“If they are going to replace it, it had better be as good or better than what is there, and if it’s not I think it’s going to cost them,” said John Chipman, a drummer from Austin, Texas, who’s also covering his wife and their two children.
FAMILY SCALED BACK
This year the family scaled back from a “silver” plan to “bronze” to avoid a big premium increase. But without the health law, Chipman says he and his wife would undoubtedly be turned down for health insurance due to pre-existing medical conditions.
The federal Health and Human Services Department reported last week that 9.2 million people signed up in the 39 states served by the HealthCare.gov website, which offers funded private health insurance to people who don’t have job-based coverage.
TOWN HALL MEETINGS
The number of chaotic town hall meeting Republicans have had show there is going to be problems for the GOP if they don’t replace the Affordable Care Act with something as good as if not better. This is just one more item that the Trump Administration has on their plate that they don’t seem to be able to solve in a reasonable manner.
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